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  • Facing Some Truths

    06/22/2016 5:23:42 AM PDT · by Shane · 6 replies
    Geopolitical Futures ^ | 6/15/2016 | George Friedman
    The slaughter in Orlando, Florida on Sunday once again raises the question of what we should do about attacks like this. But before that, we must answer a more fundamental question: Was this a criminal act or an act of war? Answering that question is the key to determining the appropriate response. If these are criminal acts, then the criminals must be punished for their actions. If these are acts of war, then the enemy forces must be found and destroyed, not based on what they might or might not have done, but in order to destroy the enemy before...
  • Putin Bombs Syria

    10/13/2015 4:24:41 AM PDT · by Shane · 19 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10/12/15 | IBD Editorials
    Rivalry: When told Russia's Vladimir Putin was challenging his leadership, President Obama's first response was to say that his "definition of leadership would be leading on climate change." We're not making this up.
  • Spy Report Book-Cooking Howls For Reform

    09/11/2015 5:22:13 AM PDT · by Shane · 8 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 9/10/2015 | IBD Editorial
    Politics: In an unprecedented revolt, 50 military intelligence analysts are charging high-ranking officials with cooking the books on Islamic State's growth and strength for political reasons. It's high time for house-cleaning. Fifty intelligence analysts whose job is to honestly assess what's going on in the Middle East have charged their reports about Islamic State's rise were systematically altered by senior officials to the opposite of what they meant: "Happy talk" about the terror group being "on the run" and merely a "JV" version of al-Qaida, according to a report in the Daily Beast. In a letter to the Pentagon Inspector...
  • Islam Is The Face Of Evil

    09/13/2014 4:22:19 AM PDT · by Shane · 31 replies
    Renew America ^ | 9/13/14 | Alan Caruba
    "ISIS is not Islamic," said Barack Obama as he gave yet another vapid speech to say what he will or will not do next about the threat of Islam. What he said is both idiotic and a lie. ISIS calls itself the Islamic State. Obama used the word "war" only once, but ISIS is all about war – an Islamic holy war that has been waged since 632 AD. The one person neither named, nor blamed is the so-called prophet, Mohammad, yet everything being done by the jihadists today is being done in his name. In his memoir, "Dreams from...
  • British National Archives Show A Son Was Born To Obama Sr. In 1961 In Kenya

    05/06/2013 3:57:03 AM PDT · by Shane · 57 replies
    GOP The Daily Dose ^ | May 4, 2013 | Dr. Eowyn
    British National Archives show a son was born to Obama Sr. in 1961 in Kenya Posted on 4 May, 2013 by Amy the-national-archives by Dr. Eowyn | The [British] National Archives (BNA) is an executive agency of the government of the United Kingdom. Based in Kew in southwest London, the BNA is the UK government’s official archive, containing 1,000 years of history from Domesday Book to the present, with records from parchment and paper scrolls to digital files and archived websites, including Foreign Office and Colonial Office correspondence and files. The collections held by the BNA can be searched using...
  • Benghazi Lies

    04/30/2013 4:19:37 AM PDT · by Shane · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 30, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    At an April 17 session before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the new Secretary of State, John Kerry, lightly dismissed the assassination of a U.S. ambassador and three security personnel in Benghazi, Libya, saying "I don't think anybody lied to anybody. And let's find out exactly, together, what happened, because we need – we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done." This has been the party line of the White House since the attack occurred on September 11, 2012. The initial response was to send out the hapless lackey, then-US Ambassador to the United...
  • America is a Constitutional Republic . . . NOT a Democracy

    04/02/2013 4:51:04 AM PDT · by Shane · 20 replies ^ | September 9, 2006 | Daneen G. Peterson, Ph.D.
    How often have you heard people refer to America as a Democracy? When was the last time that you heard America referred to as a Republic? There is a very good reason that our Pledge of Allegiance refers to our country as a Republic and there is a very good reason that our Declaration of Independence and our constitution do not even mentioned the word "democracy". Many people are under the false impression our form of government is a democracy, or representative democracy. This is of course completely untrue. The Founders were extremely knowledgeable about the issue of democracy and...
  • If America Was A Startup We’d All Quit

    02/23/2013 4:15:04 AM PST · by Shane · 18 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 2/22/13 | Michael Arrington
    So I was chatting with my dad yesterday. We had a long drive home after the Department of Homeland Security seized and impounded my boat. The mood was somber. We were talking about how awful America has become. We are a nation that has been split into groups that absolutely hate each other. Debt is rising, taxes are rising and freedom is being demolished. Meanwhile our elected officials are doing little more than stoking the drama fire while fiddling with the deck chairs on the Titanic. Whatever your politics, you must see it too. Just pick a political story at...
  • Americans at risk from anti-terrorism law

    12/12/2012 3:08:15 AM PST · by Shane · 5 replies
    Renew America ^ | December 12, 2012 | Alan Caruba
    While Americans were going about their lives Wednesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), said to provide the government with great means to fight terrorism. One of its provisions would permit government law enforcement authorities to detain terror suspects without trial and thus eviscerate the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution that protect citizens "against unreasonable searches and seizures" and to ensure that "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on presentment or indictment of a grand jury..." with some exceptions. On December...
  • Inventor Challenges New U.S. Patent Law

    07/25/2012 4:33:31 AM PDT · by Shane · 10 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | 7/24/2012 | Cris Zimermann
    TAMPA (CN) - An inventor claims in court that the America Invents Act of 2011 violates inventors' rights, by replacing the "first to invent" patent system with a deficient "first to file" rule. Mark Stadnyk and his company MadStad Engineering sued the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, its director, David Kappos, and the United States of America, in Federal Court. Stadnyk says the America Invents Act (AIA), which took effect last year, is "special interest legislation" that favors big corporations at the expense of small businesses and individual inventors. Under the new law, Stadnyk says, the first one to file...
  • College student locked away, forgotten in DEA holding cell for four days, no food, water or toilet

    05/03/2012 5:06:17 AM PDT · by Shane · 136 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 5/3/2012 | Jeff McDonald
    SAN DIEGO — A California engineering student says he was left alone in a federal holding cell for four days with no food or water, apparently forgotten by the federal drug agents who detained him. Daniel Chong, a senior at the University of California at San Diego, said he was swept up in a Drug Enforcement Administration raid near campus and was taken to a detention facility. After questioning, he was told he would be released. Then the DEA left him locked inside a 5-by-10-foot windowless cell. He screamed. He kicked madly at the door. He cried like a baby....
  • I'm Worried

    04/14/2012 6:25:51 AM PDT · by Shane · 11 replies
    Cumberland Advisors ^ | 4/8/12 | David Kotok
    A note to readers. This 2000-word commentary is a longer-term view; think in terms of years, not months or days. The essay is not in conflict with the fully invested position currently held at Cumberland. The words reflect my personal thinking only. Some of my colleagues disagree. In my personal view, the future is uncertain (of course) and may be unattractive for the longer-term outlook. In my view, our American political system is failing us. In my view, we are joining the list of declining world powers. The framework to support that argument follows. "The external menace ‘You'll end up...
  • A Festival Of Lies

    03/26/2012 7:40:54 AM PDT · by Shane · 6 replies · 10+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2012 | Thomas L. Friedman
    The historian Victor Davis Hanson recently wrote a brutally clear-eyed piece in The National Review, looking back at America’s different approaches to Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan and how, sadly, none of them could be said to have worked yet. “Let us review the various American policy options for the Middle East over the last few decades,” Hanson wrote. “Military assistance or punitive intervention without follow-up mostly failed. The verdict on far more costly nation-building is still out. Trying to help popular insurgents topple unpopular dictators does not guarantee anything better. Propping up dictators with military aid...
  • Bad Week For Freedom

    02/24/2012 1:02:04 AM PST · by Shane · 3 replies
    The Burning Platform ^ | February 14, 2012 | Jim Quinn
    With each passing week it seems this country spirals further into the depths of a frightening dystopian fantasy reminiscent of Huxley and Orwell’s dark world of isolation, fear and government brutality portrayed in their masterpieces Brave New World and 1984. I keep speculating whether it’s me that’s crazy and not the things I’m witnessing on a daily basis. The President signs the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by an overwhelming majority of Congress, which allows the government to imprison American citizens indefinitely without charge. And there is barely a squeak from the docile masses as they are soothed by Obama...
  • A Mortgage Tornado Warning, Unheeded

    02/06/2012 2:03:22 PM PST · by Shane · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/4/2012 | Gretchen Morgenson
    YEARS before the housing bust — before all those home loans turned sour and millions of Americans faced foreclosure — a wealthy businessman in Florida set out to blow the whistle on the mortgage game. Multimedia Document Report to Fannie Mae Regarding Shareholder Complaints Add to Portfolio Federal National Mortgage Association Fannie Mae Go to your Portfolio » His name is Nye Lavalle, and he first came to attention not in finance but in sports and advertising. He turned heads in marketing circles by correctly predicting that Nascar and figure skating would draw huge followings in the 1990s. But after...
  • Obama's Executive Order coming to cut off funding to his political opponents?

    04/21/2011 3:51:30 AM PDT · by Shane · 58 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 21, 2011 | Ed Lasky
    From the man who said he would bring a gun to a knife fight, the latest ploy to cut his opponents off at their knees. This one is not based on arguments or facts, but on sheer abuse of the powers he has as President. Kenneth Vogel writes in Politico that President Obama is "considering a number of measures to compel disclosure of the kind of anonymous campaign contributions that helped finance millions of dollars of attack ads against Democrats during the 2010 elections." These measures appear broad in scope: The White House last week began circulating a draft executive...
  • Scandal-Senate Passes Bill That Could Bail Banks Out Of Foreclosure-Gate

    10/08/2010 4:54:36 AM PDT · by Shane · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/6/2010 | Tyler Durden
    <p>Now that the High Frequency Signing (HFS, not to be confused with HFT) scandal is mainstream, and virtually every single foreclosure in the US in the past several years is under question, with the impact on mortgage servicers (who just happen to be the TBTF banks) could be just as dire as the fallout from the credit crunch, it appears that the get out of jail card for the banking syndicate has once again materialized, this time in the form of bill HR3808: Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2009, sponsored by Republican representative Robert Aderholt. The bill, it turns out, has passed both congress and senate, and is now quietly awaiting for Obama's signature to be enacted into law. In summary, the bill requires all federal and state courts to recognize notarizations made in other states. That's the theoretical definition: the practical one - the legislation, if enacted, could protect bank and mortgage processors from liability for false or improperly prepared documents. In other words, with one simple signature Obama has the capacity to prevent tens of billions in damages to banks from legal fees, MBS deficiency claims, unwound sales, and to formally make what started this whole mess: Court Fraud perpetrated by banks, a legal act, and to finally trample over the constitution. Will Obama do it? Potentially - the banking lobby certainly has enough power over him and his superiors, the members of the FOMC. On the other hand, the populist revolt that will surely follow the enactment of such a law will certainly end any dreams of a second term, and potentially of a completed first one. The drama is now on: will Obama openly side on behalf of the bankers (without a "blame the republicans" fall back this time) or of the foreclosure "victims" (granted, the bulk of whom are deadbeat homeowners who should never have owned a home to begin with). We doubt a decision will be reached before the midterms, although quite a bit now hangs in the balance.</p>
  • Anyone Notice The War Next Door?

    09/29/2010 3:54:26 AM PDT · by Shane · 10 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 9/28/2010 | IBD Editorial
    Border: Remember when al-Qaida targeted tribal leaders and local officials to assert power in the Iraq War? Today, the story repeats itself on our own doorstep. But incredibly, the Beltway crowd doesn't seem to care. Mexico's war against drug and alien-smuggling cartels grows ever more similar to the horrors of Afghanistan and Iraq. Beheadings, stonings, car bombs and terrorist attacks about their actions says they mean to take over.
  • America's Predicament

    06/11/2010 3:40:49 AM PDT · by Shane · 6 replies · 356+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 6/10/10 | Vasko Kohlmayer
    America's public debt recently exceeded 13 trillion. This is more than 90 percent of the country's GDP. Public debts of more than 60 percent of GDP are considered unhealthy. Public debts above 90 percent of GDP cause severe disruptions in the country's financial framework and the economy at large. According to the Obama administration, America's public debt will exceed 100 percent of GDP in the next fiscal year. History shows that most countries whose debt exceeds this mark are rarely able to control it. This level of indebtedness usually leads to currency debasement. There are a few historical examples whereby...
  • Something For Nothing: Selfishness

    11/26/2009 5:29:38 AM PST · by Shane · 1 replies · 309+ views
    Brian Tracy Blog ^ | 11/20/09 | Brian Tracy
    In business and in the free market, the only test for the validity of an idea or course of action is, “Does it work?” The only way that you can tell whether or not a theory or principle is true is by testing it in the real world. Does it work? Does it bring about positive results? Does it bring about better results than another other system or theory? The good news is that in the material world, all results are measurable. In the business world, all results are measurable in financial terms. You can tell if something works in...
  • The Cloward/Piven Strategy of Economic Recovery

    11/20/2009 4:36:38 AM PST · by Shane · 17 replies · 1,143+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 07, 2009 | Nancy Coppock
    Using borrowed money for a band-aid bailout of the economy should seem backwards to most people. However, it likely is a planned strategy to promote radical change. Those naively believing that President Obama is simply rewarding his far-left base, and will then move to the political center, must wise up. The assumption that Obama will need the nation to prosper in order to protect the 2010 mid-term election incorrectly assumes that he esteems free market capitalism. He does not. Rather than win through superior ideas and policies, the Democrat plan for success in the mid-term elections is to win by...
  • The Time for Diversification Away from the Dollar Is Upon Us

    10/07/2009 8:25:20 AM PDT · by Shane · 10 replies · 496+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 10/7/09 | Clive Corcoran
    The report yesterday in the UK's Independent newspaper by Robert Fisk triggered several slightly bizarre reactions which ranged from brandishing the respected reporter as a conspiracy nut to dismissing the allegations as not very useful since Mr. Fisk is not by training an economist. (Actually I would have thought that was to his credit). What was questionable about the Independent article was the emphasis that was placed on the notion that pricing oil in another currency than U.S. dollars was really the thin end of the wedge which will lead to a phasing out of the greenback's role as the...
  • The Next Major Crisis Brewing

    10/01/2009 6:29:01 AM PDT · by Shane · 16 replies · 803+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 10/1/09 | Graham Summers
    The Fed’s FOMC announcement came out… We got exactly what I expected, a kind of wishy-washy, “hedging our bets” statement from the Fed. You have to remember that Bernanke was Greenspan’s right hand man for much of the bubble days of the ‘90s and early ‘00s, so the guy is an expert at walking both sides of the line when it comes to policy and public statements. For instance, the Fed announced it would keep interest rates between 0% and 0.25% for an “extended period.” No surprise there. As I’ve noted previously, 80%+ of the $200+ trillion in derivatives sitting...
  • Why There Will Be No Recovery and Markets Will Trend Lower

    09/29/2009 5:27:17 AM PDT · by Shane · 27 replies · 1,727+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 9/29/2009 | Kimball Corson
    With large continuing trade deficits, declining manufacturing and rising public debt, we cannot expect a recovery. Worse, we can expect economic conditions to deteriorate until we face the prospect of a total collapse in the United States economy. Here is why. We all know that our trade deficits are through the roof. We import a great deal and we manufacture less and less to export. The services of our service economy are not really exportable like manufactured goods. The result of the continuing trade deficits is huge foreign debt to China and other countries. Well, so what, you might say....
  • The Source Of Obama's Radical Approach

    07/16/2009 4:47:21 AM PDT · by Shane · 9 replies · 592+ views ^ | April 2008 | John Perazzo
    This is a bit long, but well worth the read. It provides insight to Obama's radical approach to "Change." ********* Saul Alinsky Born to Russian-Jewish parents in Chicago in 1909, Saul Alinsky was a Marxist who helped establish the dual political tactics of confrontation and infiltration that characterized the 1960s and have remained central to all subsequent revolutionary movements in the United States. Though Alinsky is generally viewed as a member of the political left, and rightfully so, his legacy is more methodological than ideological. He identified a set of very specific rules that ordinary citizens could follow, and tactics...
  • Why Doesn't Rahm Emanuel Pay Property taxes?

    05/02/2009 4:19:22 AM PDT · by Shane · 42 replies · 2,348+ views
    ZimBio ^ | 2/23/09 | gto7
    Why doesn’t Rahm Emanuel pay property taxes? Email Written by gto7 on Feb-23-09 3:58pm From: Why don’t we all do this!!!! Rahm Emanuel's home Rahm Emanuel's home According to the Cook County Assessor’s website, the Chicago home of four-term Democrat Congressman and new White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, doesn’t exist. While the address of 4228 North Hermitage is listed as Emanuel’s residence on the Illinois State Board of Elections’ website, there seems to be no public record of Emanuel ever paying property taxes on this home. The Cook County Assessor’s and Cook County Treasurer’s online records indicate...
  • Winter of Our Discontent

    02/15/2009 6:14:20 AM PST · by Shane · 9 replies · 553+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 2/11/09 | James Quinn
    We enter 2009 and the Presidency of Barack Obama with citizens pessimistic about the future of our country. The public has lost faith in government, financial institutions, and religious institutions. Distrust of politicians, bankers, CEO’s, financial advisors, and moral leadership is well founded. The popular culture of over hyping public figures and then tearing them down has led to everyone and everything being discredited. The personal and public choices that will be required in the next few years will be harsh. Moral courage and leadership is what is needed. As I watch the likes of Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Rush...
  • Gorelick 'MemoGate': It Just Got Worse

    08/13/2005 5:05:55 AM PDT · by Shane · 29 replies · 2,133+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | August 12, 2005 | Gregory Borse
    Gorelick 'MemoGate': It Just Got Worse Written by Gregory Borse Friday, August 12, 2005 In March of 1995, Louis Freeh, then FBI Director, and Mary Jo White, the New York U.S. attorney investigating the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, received a directive written by Jamie Gorelick, President Clinton’s number two official in the Justice Department. That directive—which has come to be known as the “wall of separation” memo—ordered Freeh and White to “go beyond what is legally required” in following information-sharing procedures between intelligence agencies and agencies charged with criminal investigations of suspected terrorists. At issue, seemingly, was a White...
  • Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings Rice & Bush Knew

    04/08/2004 1:12:45 PM PDT · by Shane · 53 replies · 515+ views
    WCBM | 4-8-04 | Rosearl Julian
    Maryland congressman,Elijah Cummings, has just stated on WCBM radio, that Condoleza Rice and George Bush had warnings that 9/11 was about to happen and did nothing.
  • Stossel: Fight Back

    04/01/2004 4:30:04 AM PST · by Shane · 24 replies · 437+ views ^ | 3-31-04 | Paige McKenzie
    Stossel: Fight Back – Don't Let Big Brother Take Your Freedom Paige McKenzie, Wednesday, March 31, 2004 PALM BEACH, Fla. – John Stossel wants you to stop being afraid. Remember what you were afraid of last year? Or five years ago? Probably not, but if enough other people were scared of the same thing, then somewhere in Washington, D.C., there could be a new government agency to “protect” you. And your tax money is helping to pay for it. Stossel, anchorman of ABC's "20/20" and author of "Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists...
  • Former Green Beret Captain's Letter To Kerry

    02/27/2004 3:58:43 AM PST · by Shane · 16 replies · 376+ views ^ | unknown | Bendell, Don
    To: John F. Kerry My wife had rotator cuff surgery earlier this year, and the recovery is terribly painful. Then, she developed a staph-epi infection, and they had to cut the same scar open and operate on her again. Just thinking about the pain and anxiety of facing that painful surgery a second time in the same wound, makes me cringe. That experience, however pales in comparison to what I am going through right now, in my heart. The old hurts are surfacing and the feelings of betrayal by fellow citizens, and their leader stirring them up, are breaking my...
  • Gore Holds Talks With Drug Kingpin

    11/30/2000 3:53:17 AM PST · by Shane · 14+ views
    WCBM Radio 680 AM | November 29,2000 | Pat McDonough sitting in for Tom Marr
    Pat McDonough reported today on WCBM (680 AM) radio that a story has gone unreported by the major news media regarding Al Gore. It seems that Mr. Gore met with a drug kingpin recently, in Austin Texas, by the name of "Prince". Apparently a major investigation by local and DEA law enforcement officials was shut down, with no explanation, after the meeting took place. The law enforcement officials are testifying before a congressional committee on 12/5/00 to complain about the interference with their investigation.